Like a New Year's Eve guest who overstays his welcome, a weekend winter storm lingered on into Monday and even Tuesday.
But better things are promised for 2020, or at least for the first few days.
What the National Weather Service in Duluth referred to as a storm in two rounds saved the bulk of its fury for Northwestern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. As of Monday night, Wisconsin snow totals ranged from 2 inches in Ashland to 3 inches in Oulu to 5 inches in Gile, weather service meteorologist Kendell LaRoche said. But an additional 4-10 inches of snow was still possible, with LaRoche saying the area from Gile to Ironwood, Mich., could get 8-12 inches before finally lumbering away on Tuesday.
The weather service's station near the airport in Duluth reported only a little over an inch of snow from the second round, LaRoche said.
The first round of the weekend storm mostly affected the Minnesota side of the region, with 9.2 inches in Island Lake, 8 inches in Orr, 7.7 inches in Finland, 6.3 inches and 6 inches in Isabella and Grand Portage as of Monday morning.
Regardless of snow amounts, dropping temperatures froze wet and slushy surfaces on Monday, making travel difficult over a large area. Interstate 35 was snow-covered from the Iowa border to Duluth on Monday evening, the Minnesota Department of Transportation reported. All highways in the Duluth area all were snow-covered, with roads to the north and west partially snow-covered. All highways in Northwestern Wisconsin were snow-covered, according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.
Two Pine County women were injured on Monday morning, according to the Minnesota Highway Patrol, when their southbound vehicle went off I-35 in Pine County, slid sideways and rolled over, landing on its roof. The road was snow- and ice-covered, according to the report. The women were taken by ambulance to a hospital, but the injuries were not life-threatening, according to the report.
Snow was expected to wane to flurries by late Monday in Minnesota. But the National Weather Service report noted that "snow has frozen and become very icy, and hard and crusty in nature, making snow-clearing activities more difficult" — something thousands of snow-shovelers in the Northland can attest to.
Strong winds continued Monday night, and a gale warning on Lake Superior was posted until 9 a.m. Tuesday.
Sunny conditions were expected in the Twin Ports on Tuesday, with only chances or slight chance of snow as the week goes on. Temperatures are expected to be seasonable.